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What are the outcomes of auto-transplanted teeth with complete root formation? A systematic review


Surgeons do operation on implantation of tooth to the patientThis summary is based on the article published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology: Outcomes of auto-transplanted teeth with complete root formation: a systematic review and meta-analysis (April 2014)

Chung W-C, Tu Y-K, Lin Y-H, Lu H-K.

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Unlike an immovable osseointegrated dental implant, tooth auto-transplantation provides vital periodontium and continuous skeletal growth (1).
Many factors could influence the longevity of and incidences of complications with tooth auto-transplantation and failure rates (FRs) reported in the literatures are not identical.
Incidences of infection-related root resorption and ankyloses varied among studies.
Effects of a systemic antibiotics (SA) regimen, endodontic treatment, splinting protocols and the morphology of the donor tooth on outcomes of tooth auto-transplantation are still in question.

Purpose of the Review 

Assess the clinical outcomes of auto-transplanted teeth with complete root formation and the effects of various influencing factors.

Key Findings

  • Tooth auto-transplantation with complete root formation is a favourable treatment with rare failure rate (FR), infection-related root resorption rate (RR) and ankylosis rate (AR).
  • However, systemic antibiotics (SAs), endodontic and splinting modalities and tooth morphology seemed to influence the outcomes.


  1. Park, J. H., Tai, K. & Hayashi, D. (2010) Tooth auto-transplantation as a treatment option: a review. The Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry 35, 129–135.


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  1. tomasz pater September 3, 2014

    Only tried this once in my practice. Limited patient pool interested in the procedure. It was a stand alone cuspid that I autorotaded into place and left it alone. Looked good but was painful for the patient. A few years later it was an abutment for a bridge and then it started ankylosing. Overall it was ok but implants are a simpler and easier modality.

  2. David Tessier September 4, 2014

    Could the author expand on the definition of an auto-transplanted tooth,and the procedure involved?
    I find this article is too vague

  3. Reza Nouri September 9, 2014

    I’d love to know of articles or clinical guidebook describing the proper technique for auto-transplantation as well.


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